So much of our world is changing – the climate, the markets – and with that change comes opportunities to integrate new practices into your operation. This series was designed for small farmers looking for ways to augment their operations, and will be useful to anyone who wishes to learn more about the individual agricultural practices covered.
Register now for a 6-part virtual series hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties and the Harvest New York Climate Resiliency Team. Series is valued at $80/farm, registration is ‘pay-what-you-can’; feel free to attend as few or as many sessions as you like, and choose an amount to pay that you feel is fair. Later in the year a farm tour series that complements these discussions will be available and the virtual series registrants will receive a discounted price. You can register by using this link https://mahap.la/xjy9fjvp or by contacting Barb Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 223-2793.
Soils: The Foundation of Production
Tuesday Feb. 28, 12:00 – 1:00pm
It's important to understand how soils will influence an ag enterprise. Soils have some inherent properties that are not changeable and some properties that can be changed through management and soil amendments. This seminar will provide an overview of landscape principles, soils, and their management in a production system. Speakers: Janice Degni, Area Extension Field Crop Specialist; Barb Neal, Ag and Horticulture educator, CCE Tioga.
Bale and Regenerative Grazing
Tuesday March 7, 12:00 – 1:30pm
What exactly is regenerative grazing, why is it so important for our changing world, and what is needed to implement this practice into your operation? Brett Chedzoy, owner and manager of Angus Glen Farm in Watkins Glen NY will share from his 20+ years’ experience in regenerative pastures highlighting his most recent work with Bale Grazing to extend the pasture season. Speaker: Brett Chedzoy, Owner of Angus Glen Farm and CCE Schuyler Ag & Natural Resource Educator.
Transitioning to Beef – Keys for Success
Tuesday March 14, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Betsy Hicks from the SCNY Dairy and Field Crops Team and Owner of Maple Acres, an angus beef cow-calf operation in Cortland County, will share with you considerations for transitioning from dairy to beef. During this 1 ½ hr. webinar she will talk about types of beef businesses, what to consider when choosing beef cattle, facility, and infrastructure difference and how to augment your current facilities, what to include in a business plan for beef, and additional resources available to you that can assist in transitioning and/or exploring transition. Speaker: Betsy Hicks, Area Dairy Management Specialist, CCE SCNY Dairy & Field Crops team
Climate Resilient Agriculture in CNY - Practices and Benefits
Tuesday March 21, 12:00 – 1:30pm
This session will present practices Central New York farmers can use to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while building on-farm resiliency. We will discuss the environmental and economic benefits associated with implementing climate resilience strategies. Participants will be provided with an overview of the financial resources and technical assistance available to farmers and landowners interested in exploring resiliency projects.Speaker: Jenna Walczak, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Harvest NY, Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist.
Silvopasture combines trees, forages, and grazing livestock for production, economic, and environmental benefits. Silvopasture has great potential in NYS and is currently being practiced across the state. This webinar will cover silvopasture from the ground up, providing information and resources on the opportunities, considerations, costs, and benefits of this integrated approach to sustainable local food production. Speaker: Samantha Bosco, CCE Tompkins County, Agroforestry and Nut Cropping Program Planner.
Riparian buffers can serve many functions on a farm, from capturing runoff, preventing stream bank erosion, and sequestering carbon to providing alternative products like firewood, fruits, and nuts. Come learn about design fundamentals, lessons from example buffer installations in our area, and resources available for funding a buffer installation on your farm. Speakers: Paul Gier, Natural Resource Program Specialist, TCSWCD, and Tracey Testo, Agroforestry & Natural Resources Educator, CCE Columbia-Greene.
Sliding-Scale per farm, pay what you can afford (series is valued @ $80)
CCE Tioga County
Last updated March 24, 2023